February 5, 1987

I think it was something like the 3rd or 4th grade.  There was a new kid in the class, of Japanese-American descent.  Nobody knew too much about him or his past, but there were some ugly rumors.  Like me, he was placed into the higher end of the academic curve, and we were both fast tracked; thus, we spent a lot of time at school together.  We became more than classmates, I guess, but our friendship didn’t really extend beyond the school grounds.  We had enough time together in the classroom that we did have a friendship.

Crips_tag

He changed a lot in high school.  Still smart, but he got involved with the gangs in town, the Crips really.

broken fence

On February 5, 1987, it was reported that four members of the gang were arrested in conjunction to a murder and brutal spree of attacks in neighborhood in Capital Hill, all done using golf clubs.

fries

He was one of them, my classmate, one of the four arrested.

crips1

The other day, I went a couple of hours in the Denver Public Library looking for the original, local news reports on the killing the subsequent arrests (I love that is shares a cover with the death of Liberace).

orphan

Even before his arrest, he was famous around town for his graffiti.  His tag was The Kid, and it was all over the city.

orphan mock up

So I went to retrieve these articles because I am trying to back a composite panorama photograph that reference this memory as part of my personal history of Denver.

666

It’s all still a work in progress, and I do hope to actually print these newspaper photographs as part of the composite piece.

 

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